BlackBerry’s Backstory

http://www.kera.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/KERA_Think_06-04-15-HR-2.mp3 Just six years ago, half of all smartphones sold were made by BlackBerry. Today, it’s hard to find anyone who still uses one. This hour, we’ll find out what happened with Globe and Mail business writer Sean Silcoff, co-author of Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry.

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Alexander Graham Bell On Tape

Anytime you check your voicemail or call Grandma, thank c. This hour, from NPR headquarters in Washington, we’ll talk about the father of the telephone — and his other pioneering works — with Carlene Stephens, curator of the National Museum of American History exhibition “Hear My Voice: Alexander Graham Bell and the Origins of Recorded Sound.”

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From Oops To Outer Space

Scientists have found the birthplace of stars and planets, begun to understand dark energy and found black holes — all using information from the Hubble Telescope. However, it almost didn’t make it off the ground due to an engineering error. This hour, we’ll talk about how five astronauts risked their lives to repair the telescope.

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Getting To Know Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is remembered as a visionary innovator whose relentless drive once alienated him from the Apple family. This hour, we’ll talk about how the arrogant genius ultimately changed the lives of billions across the world with Rick Tetzeli, co-author of “Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader.”

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What Would Darwin Say?

Modern medicine and biotechnology reduce the force of natural selection, and conditions that used to kill us are now being passed on to new generations. This hour, we’ll talk about how we can alter humanity’s future with Juan Enriquez, co-author of “Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth.”

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